Managing Editor's Note: We welcome Martin J. Walker to Age of Autism. He has covered every day of the General Medical Council 'trial' of Dr Andrew Wakefield, Professor Simon Murch and Professor Walker Smith taking place in London. AofA will be posting his reports regulary until the 'trial' is expected to end in August of this year. Anyone who wants to read Walker's reports of the full 125 days can read a full introduction to the hearings on AOA later this week. The following piece is Walker's latst report for the www.CryShame.com web site.
By Martin J. Walker
Outside the glass bubble of the GMC, in Almost-Normal Land, it did look as if things might be taking a turn for the better. Brian Deer's next instalment of bile, the forewarning of which was emailed to Dr. Wakefield as he prepared his presentation to the Treating Autism Conference, never materialised in Sunday's paper. In all probability, this withdrawal was influenced by the first complaint to the Press Complaints Commission handed in at the end of the previous week. The news that James Murdoch had come out of the closet and publicly accepted an executive position on the Board of GlaxoSmithKline, in whose interest he now vows to use his good offices to put down community opposition to their drugs, gave some hope that The Sunday Times and Brian Deer would be seen for what they are; there was even a rumour that The Sunday Times was to be renamed The GlaxoSundayKlines.
Even the second Treatment Autism Conference at Bournemouth, packed with parents who applauded Dr. Wakefield till their hands hurt, rasied hope that change was in the air. In America, after the recent set backs in the corporation-tinted Omnibus Hearings, there was a second court decision in favour of the argument that vaccines are implicated in some cases of autism.
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Martin J Walker is an investigative writer who has written four books about aspects of the medical industrial complex. He started focusing on conflict of interest, intervention by pharmaceutical companies in government and patient groups in 1993. Over the last three years he has been a campaign writer for the parents of MMR vaccine damaged children covering every day of the now two year hearing of the General Medical Council that is trying Dr Wakefield and two other doctors. His GMC accounts can be found at Cry Shame, and his own website is Slingshot Publications.